Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | My first time in Afghanistan, the Taliban ruled the country. The only women on - 2131128965832667606
Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario.| My first time in Afghanistan, the Taliban ruled the country. The only women on the street were beggars—usually widows or wives of disabled men. On many Fridays the Taliban performed public executions at the sports stadium in Kabul. Ten years later, at a 2009 rally for presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in the same stadium, women participated—some in burkas, some not. In this picture, the women who did not want to be photographed covered their faces. This image was shot for the @natgeo story "Veiled Rebellion," published in December 2010. It took roughly two years to shoot because of the lengthy process of finding women who felt comfortable being photographed for a wide-reaching, international magazine. In most cases, I needed to secure permission from the women as well as their male relatives. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario.